The SsangYong XLV, a new derivative of the Tivoli with additional row of seating, will make its world premiere in production form at the upcoming 2016 Geneva Motor Show alongside the SIV-2 Hybrid concept. The car has been teased through design sketches.
Previewed by the XLV-Air concept at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the production-spec XLV is essentially a longer Tivoli. Styling differences come in the form of revised front and rear bumpers, a thick D-pillar with blacked out panels and new rear combination lights. It remains to seen whether the wheelbase has been extended or not.
Going by the sketch, the dashboard design has been carried over from the Tivoli without any change. The third row of seats are expected to accommodate 2 passengers.
Like the Tivoli, the XLV will be powered by the 1.6-litre diesel engine which can be specified either with 6-speed manual transmission or an automatic unit. The entry level variants will send power to the front wheels while the higher variants will feature all-wheel drive system.
The SsangYong XLV with 7-seats, priced in the same ballpark as the Hyundai Creta, would be a very attractive proposition for India. The vehicle is expected to be launched in the country towards the end of 2016 or early 2017.